Quite a few great collections were showcased on the Parisian runway and I would like to share a few of my favourite looks during the next few days. A label that caught my attention quite unexpectedly was Chloé. There was elegance and there was toughness. There were bare faces and high boots. There was an edge (piercings!) to an otherwise polished look. Usually those exact words would be found written below another designer’s work. In other words: this season feels tremendously influenced by a Céline kind point of view. More proof to come…
Images: Chloé fall 2013 [style.com]
Two sunny days are enough to let me believe that spring has arrived. Even though that might be not quite the truth, I indulge in this little fantasy of mine. That fantasy doesn’t include heavy boots and woolly coats, so it makes sense to take a little break from the usual fashion week recaps. Instead I put an image by Nick Dorey on offer (you can find another picture from the editorial here) and hope that you find, just like me, that it captures the beauty of those first balmy days.
Image: Nick Dorey
Turning theory into practice. Today: combining formal pieces with casual wear.
Images: style.com and The Sartorialist
It’s a first. On so many levels. For once the label No. 21 has never been featured on this blog. And then, well, how to put this? Birds on a skirt. I’m pretty sure that kind of thing didn’t make an appearance on Definitely Golden. Yet. As the old saying goes, there is a first time for everything. So here we go…
Let’s start with the label. Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard about it until now since it was brought to life just a few seasons ago (in 2010 to be precise). Alessandro Dell’Acqua, the designer, decided to start anew after leaving his eponymous label and opted for the name No. 21 simply because it is his lucky number and date of birth. His main focus lies on outfits which are suitable for daily life therefore it can be assumed that his inspiration comes rather from looking at street style shots than from attending gala events.
A quite unusual couple made an appearance in the fall 2013 collection: Italian and English influences. Both partners didn’t shy away to bring their typical fabrics (like tweed and lace) and other staples to the table. Not all the resulting looks were a success, but some of them had something about them, a certain something. Just like the one pictured above. At first sight it is quintessentially English which is probably mostly due to the colour combination (pink and brown*), the silhouette and the fabric (boxy space-dye knit sweater). The first images that it conjured in my mind had a lot to do with books which are set in old London. However, there was something else lingering in my thoughts, that something else being probably unexpected elements like lace, for example. And yes, embroidered birds. Now, I’m not ashamed to admit that I would not shy away from wearing this ensemble, just as it is, straight from the runway. First cow prints, then birds. Who would have thought that?
* Apparently I have something for this specific colour combination. Remember this?
Image: N0. 21 fall 2013
Last night it was time for the Oscars and with that time for movies, for winners, and for gowns. If we want to be completely honest, it was time for judgement. In general. It starts with the host and his ability to lead through an evening with class and with humour. It ends with the winners, their reactions, their speeches and their rivals. In the middle of the whole event is the biggest question of them all: what are you wearing? I do think that this particular question must haunt most of the actresses for weeks if not months. Once they set foot on the red carpet, there is no going back. Like a fortune teller it is going to be merciless and tell the truth, just like that, no sugar coating included. And it goes without saying that it has the memory of an elephant: it never forgives and it certainly never forgets (swans and awkward thigh slits included).
So yes, the right dress is crucial and should therefore be prepared meticulously, the precision level resembling at its best a military mission. Finding The Answer to The Question means finding a way through a maze of questions really: Is it the right designer? Is it the right cut? Is it the right fit? Is it the right colour? Is it the right length? It is well understood that it has not been the actress herself who was in search of the exit, but most probably a stylist and her team. At the end of the whole process the whole world will see if she has found her way out or if she, to put it plainly, has just hit a wall. One thing is sure, there will be enough people to witness both.
Image: Valentino spring 2013 [style.com]
A beautiful moment captured backstage at the Alexander McQueen fall 2011 collection.
Image: Kevin Tachman
I’m going to get right into the middle of things. I never went for a short cut. Not even once. Not even a little. A lot of small and slightly important changes happened over the years. However I never toyed with the idea of really going for a pixie style kind of thing. I do think that it suits some women fantastically. But I also think that it is not my cup of tea when it comes to my hair cut decisions.
There are certainly a lot of reasons which speak against or in favour of a long mane. One of the things I do like a lot are the options that come with it…and well, who doesn’t like options? That being said when I say “options” I do not mean complicated hairdos which require half an hour, a packet full of hairpins and a ton of hairspray. What I do mean by “options” is far simpler than that. Think hair parted in the middle and some subtle waves. Outrageously simple to achieve. I’m not going to complain about that…
You might remember that I already posted a picture by Billy Kidd. But it surely doesn’t hurt when I come up with another one, especially when the picture in question is this beautiful…
Image: Billy Kidd
Yes, I’m very much tempted to buy some dark paint. And yes, preferably with a bluish undertone. There I said it. I think there is no turning back now…
Image: Alice Gao
There is one wardrobe item you will probably think about when I drop the name “Lacoste”: the classic polo shirt. I guess it is not exactly breaking news when I admit that I don’t own one and that I don’t plan to. In return it could be surprising to hear that the famous French label has caught my attention with a…dress.
As you can see, it is not the typical tennis dress one would associate Lacoste with. A clear and defined silhouette. Structured and voluminous shoulders. There is no doubt that the sportswear character prevails, but it does so with a quiet elegance. I wouldn’t mind to be surprised again.
Images: Lacoste fall 2013 [afterDRK and Vogue]